Yoga For Arthritis


Most arthritis patients take to physiotherapists for treatment, unaware that the problem in fact has psychosomatic origins. Arthritis is essentially a manifestation of emotional congestion that arrests most people by their late twenties. This congestion causes the vital fluids in the joints to dry up. Likewise a lot of friction is produced in the joints, making them brittle in the long run.

Nagging pain in the wrist, pain felt in knees while getting up, pain in finger joints while writing, basically any pain felt in the joints, is the beginning of arthritis. As per Ayurveda, this pain is a collection of ama (toxins) in the body which manifests as swelling. If we don’t immediately make amends then arthritis sets in. To remove these symptoms and get rid of arthritis it has to be corrected at the root.


Yoga and Ayurveda go to root cause of the problem and the root cause is heavy emotions. Clairvoyantly, emotions are seen as small beings/devils flying all around. Wherever they find a weakness/instability they start collecting there and form a colony, draining the body of the vital prana. As prana is constantly being lost from that part of the body, it gasps for prana, the same way like you gasp for breath, due to which there is a reaction in the body, similar to an allergy, which leads to swelling, that’s arthritis.

So to prevent arthritis, all you need is to decongest your emotions. How? Remember, life is an individual journey of experiences. If you focus on your experiences, you will never be emotionally congested. But if try to control others, expecting them to behave the way you want or try to fulfill their expectations, emotional congestion starts. If you think that’s too difficult then you may find the below techniques helpful.

The book ‘Sanatan Kriya, The Ageless Dimension’ details the ‘Prana Vilakshan Kriya’ to get riddance from heavy emotions by cutting connections from the Surya chakra. This would remove all the heaviness and the body would feel light instantly. Detailed below are certain asans that are very beneficial for anyone suffering from arthritis. It is advised that you visit a Dhyan Foundation center near you to learn them. 

Pay reverence to the energy of the Guru and Lord Ganesh.

PRARAMBHIK MUDRA – Sit with your legs outstretched. Ensure that the back is straight and both legs and heels are joined together. Place the palms on the ground next to your hip, fingers pointing away from the body. Gently loosen all the joints.

ARDH TITLI – Bend the right leg and place the right foot as far up as possible on the left thigh. Hold your right knee with your right hand and your right foot with your left hand. Inhale and gently push your right knee towards your chest. Hold the posture for some time. Exhale as you gently push the knee down till wherever comfortable. Do this seven times and repeat with the other leg.

SHRONI CHAKRA – Bend the right leg and place the right foot as far up as possible on the left thigh. Hold your right knee with your right hand and your right foot with your left hand. Now rotate the right knee gently in the clockwise direction and then counterclockwise seven times each. During each rotation inhale for half a circle and exhale for the rest half. Repeat with the other leg.

SUPT UDARAKARSHAN ASAN – Now lie down on your back and place palms under your head. Bend your knees and keep your feet on the ground. Inhale and slowly lower your knees towards your left. Simultaneously, turn your head towards the right. Hold for some time, exhale and come back to the original posture and relax. Now lower your legs towards your right and turn the head towards left. Hold for some time. Exhale and come back to the original position and relax. Do 3 sets of this. Be careful spine should not be twisted more than what is comfortable, stop on the slightest pain or discomfort. In yoga pain is an indicator and should be taken seriously.

SHAVASAN – Now relax in shavasan. Take your awareness to all the joints in the body one by one; strengthen them with the strength of your awareness, spending a little more time on the areas that are weak.

The energy in any yogic kriya or asan needs to be channelized by a Guru who does not charge any fee for it and does not bound it by maya. Yog is a science of the entire Creation and only a Guru and make a sadhak experience the energy behind this fast subject.


Hadad, amla and baheda are mixed in equal proportions and pounded dry. This is called Tri-Phala, combination of three fruits. This mixture when taken twice a day, early morning and before sleeping at night with hot water, helps alleviate the pain of arthritis.


Dhyan Foundation conducts Asan and Pranayam classes every

week in Gurgaon and Vasant Vihar, New Delhi.

To attend, 9999567895

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